The ACU athletic department will induct five members in to the ACU Sports Hall of Fame tonight at 6 p.m. in the Hunter Welcome Center.
“Two of the members of the 1973 championship team in football are being inducted,” director of athletics Jared Mosley said. “We are anticipating a sold out crowd, which is pretty rare for that event, so it should be a lot of fun this year.”
The five inductees are former football players Chip Martin, Dr. Jack Griggs, football player and coach Jerry Wilson, former basketball player Hunter Cooley and former volleyball player Kath Moore.
Chip Martin was a member of both the track and field team and the football team during his time at ACU from 1971-1974. Martin was a part of the 1973 national championship football team, where he was voted Outstanding Lineman.
Martin finished his football career with 152 tackles. He also set a then-school record in the shot put of 60 feet and .25 inches.
Dr. Jack Griggs played both ways as a member of the ACU football team, starting at both linebacker and offensive guard. Griggs recorded 17 tackles in ACU’s win against Fresno State University in 1963. Griggs went on to be the dean of the ACU College of Business Administration and a member of the ACU Board of Trustees.
Jerry Wilson coached baseball and football for nearly three decades, including the 1977 national championship football team, in which he was the defensive coordinator. Wilson was also the head coach of the baseball team from 1973-1975.
Hunter Cooley was a member of the basketball team and was named an All-American in the 1991-1992 season. Cooley was named in the men’s basketball Starting Five as one of the top players in ACU’s history in the Lone Star Conference. Cooley is ninth in total points ever scored for ACU with 1,395.
Kathy Moore was the first winner of the Paul Goad Memorial Award that honors the best female student-athlete at ACU. Moore was a four-year letterman at ACU from 1975-1978 before she became the head volleyball coach at ACU. Moore’s best season as a coach came in 1981, when the team finished with a 34-18 record.
The athletic department’s annual banquet is designed to honor former ACU players and coaches and provide a unique experience for each of the members during their induction.
“Each banquet is somewhat unique,” Mosley said. “Each banquet is centered around that year’s inductees. I like the way that feels because it is very special and very unique. It is focused on the accomplishments and things that they have achieved in their career while they were a part of our program.”